After Implant Placement in Coon Rapids & Minneapolis, MN
After a dental implant surgery, the doctor usually provides the patient with a temporary tooth replacement. If more than one tooth is missing, a modified denture can be used. Depending on the number and placement of the implant, the doctor will put a temporary tooth on the abutment. There are instances where the tooth is put on immediately afterward, but that is a rare case. The temporary tooth should be treated with care, and the staff at Northside Minnesota Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons will provide the patient with the appropriate postoperative care and guidelines for eating and speaking with the temporary.
What to Watch Out for After Surgery
Although the severity of the procedures can vary, it is important to know the possibilities that can occur post-op and know when to contact Dr. El Deeb for additional assistance. Usually, any severe problem will be identified by the doctor in a post-operative visit. Pain medication and antibiotics will help to fend off any possible infection. There is the chance that a nerve was irritated during the procedure, so patients should be aware of any permanent lack of feeling in the face after their procedure. A small lack of feeling (after the anesthesia wears off) is perfectly normal. If there is any severe numbness, please notify our office immediately.
When Is My Tooth Attached?
Dr. El Deeb will determine the appropriate time before the new tooth is attached to the implant. The doctor will be monitoring the healing of the bone around the implant and the growth of the gums. Often times the tooth is placed a few months after the initial surgery, but this can vary depending on the case. When the new tooth is placed, we make sure the tooth fits correctly with your bite and matches the smile. Typically, from the point of the initial surgery to the final check-up, it can be anywhere from one month to twelve months.
How Long Do Implants Last?
Implants generally have a 90% success rate for patients who have all their teeth replaced by implants. If a patient received only a single implant, retention jumps to higher than 95%. If an implant is loosened or never healed properly, there is the chance that it may need to be replaced.
How Do I Care for My New Teeth?
Dental implants function just as natural teeth in that they require regular brushing and flossing. A regular dental visit is also required to keep up with their health because their proper care can contribute to a patient’s overall health. Just like regular teeth, they are subject to the natural wear and tear and grinding of regular teeth and must be appropriately maintained.